Job Hunting? Say Hello to Handshake

The process of finding jobs and networking with potential employers is now easier for Humboldt State students and alumni with HSU Handshake, a career development platform used by hundreds of universities nationwide.

Enrolled Humboldt State students and alumni now have direct access to over 9,000 employers, full- and part-time jobs, and internship postings nationwide. HSU Handshake allows users to store resumes, cover letters, and other professional documents, says Amy Martin, Employer Relations Coordinator at HSU’s Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC).

“Humboldt State University is located in a somewhat remote area of California, so HSU Handshake is able to connect students with employers from all over the country as well as locally. You can find anything from a great career-related experience with a local nonprofit to full-time employment opportunities in larger metropolitan areas,” says Martin.

Students can start applying by creating an account and uploading their resumes, cover letters, and other pertinent documents. “By uploading your resume, you are building your profile, which makes it easier for employers to find and recruit you,” says Martin. She recommends students read the full job description and application instructions before applying for jobs. ACAC advisors can also review resumes or cover letters during drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Martin says HSU Handshake is useful for staying in the loop about career-related campus workshops and events, as well as networking with and scheduling on-campus interviews with potential employers.

To create an HSU Handshake account, students and alumni can visit the ACAC website and click “Find a Job” on the right side of the site. First-time users can just click “Sign up for an Account” on the right-hand side and enter an HSU email to begin the process.

HSU Handshake uses a single sign-on system so the HSU Handshake login will be the same as an HSU login. Students searching for local or on-campus jobs can use the filters “Part-Time” and “On-Campus’ in the main search box or type “Arcata, CA” in the location search.

Students utilizing Handshake will be exposed to countless resources and professional networking opportunities to make the job search easy during the school year.